Getting Ready!

Hey guys! I’m back from my weekend babysitting Delilah. She is so freaking cute and funny and smart but she is exhausting! I am so glad I have today off to recover! She’s a little too smart for her own good though and she tricks us a lot but we caught on ;) Can’t get outsmarted by a two year old! I didn’t get a lot of pics but I did get this one.

She was driving the ice cream truck ;) She’s so freaking cute. I can’t believe how big she is.

So now that I’m home I’m getting ready for my raw journey. Some things I’ve done so far today:

I’ve torn up two heads of kale and cleaned them in filtered water. I tore them up ahead of time because I thought it would cut some prep time during the week to make my salads for lunch. I’m going to get more for some kale chips too :)

I didn’t take a picture because it’s not interesting but I changed the filter in my Brita so I have a fresh one for clean water :) It seems silly but I’m paying attention to everything because who knows, maybe I have a sensitivity to chemicals? I try to eat all organic but sometimes it’s not available so I’m trying to be extra diligent with that. And with the water because that could make a difference too.

And now I’m going to comb through my raw “cook”books to look for recipes to try for dinners. I laid them all out and was surprised by how many raw books I’ve accumulated! Books I saw after I took the pic and forgot to include are Ani’s Raw Food Asia by Ani Phyo and Thrive by Brendan Brazier. I’m sure I’ll be able to use recipes from those as well.

I’m getting started tomorrow with a one day juice cleanse. After that my plan/goal is to have a green juice breakfast, a big salad for lunch, a snack that ideally includes healthy fats (veggies with almond butter, avocado, etc.), and dinner will be something different and more involved than just a salad. Who knows, I may stray from that meal schedule but a big goal is lots and lots of greens. I’m hoping to keep this up through February and depending on how I feel, add back very minimal amounts of cooked veggies (sweet potatoes, etc.) and grains like brown rice, gf oats and quinoa. That will happen slowly to see how my body takes it. Hopefully all of this effort will pay off.

That’s all for today. I’m gonna get back to the books so I can make my grocery list! I hope you all have a great day!

25 thoughts on “Getting Ready!

    • She is definitely photogenic :) She has so much personality, I think it really shows in all of the pictures too!

      Thank you so much! I think being prepared is the most important part of a raw diet since it takes up so much time. Hopefully that will help me in the end!

    • Thanks Bianca! I’ve never prepared my kale ahead until now and I’m so glad I did! I’m definitely going to do this from now on :)

  1. OHMIGOSH! Delilah is so cute–but yeah, I hear ya, kids can be exhausting! (Even if they’re super cute).

    Wow, you have a great arsenal of raw cookbooks–I’m jealous! Hopefully there are a lot of simple ones in there for you! I know you probably want to avoid the dehydrator route but making a tray of flatbread/crackers on a Sunday for the week ahead might offer you some nice variety! It’ll be a little more work at first but then absolutely NO work during the week!

    Good luck!

    • Lol it’s like their cuteness sucks the energy out of you. She’s an awesome kid though.

      Thanks! I didn’t realize how many I had accumulated until I laid them all out. I’m not afraid of involved recipes, it’s more of a time concern for me since I feel like I’m really busy lately. I’m definitely planning on using my dehydrator and making raw crackers :) Can’t wait to give it a try!

      Thank you so much for all of your help!

    • Thanks! Haha that’s great if I seem pumped :) I think I’m more excited about the possibility of finally feeling better than I am of being so restricted. That makes me really nervous but it’s just a month so I think I should be ok. I’m considering doing a one day juice fast per week but I’ll see how I feel.

      I’ve used most of these cookbooks before but mostly just a recipe here and there. I haven’t made a ton of them but I feel like I’ll be eating A LOT more raw even after the cleanse so I’m sure I’ll be digging in to a lot more recipes in the future :)

  2. Look at that face! She is just too adorable! I’m glad you enjoyed the (exhausting!) weekend.

    I can’t wait to watch and learn from your raw food preparations. I’m a newbie in that area, so I will definitely be paying attention. Love all of the kale!

    • Thanks Ingrid! I definitely had a nice weekend :)

      Thanks! I’m looking forward to learning too. I’m still a newbie in this area too so I’m hoping that my planning will pay off and it will be successful. Haha thanks, me too!

  3. What a cutie! I’m ordering Crazy Sexy Kitchen soon :) I haven’t bought any raw cookbooks yet because I don’t have a high powered blender (like a Vitamix) or dehydrator and I feel like a lot of raw recipes use those. Do you find that with the books you have?

    • There are definitely recipes that require one or both of those. I have a dehydrator so that’s all good with me. I get around the vitamix by using a variety of blending methods. I have made things by processing the ingredients in the food processor then I’ll move it to the blender to finish and it has worked pretty well. There are plenty of recipes that don’t require either of those but there are also plenty of free recipes from blogs that you can try until you get a vitamix or dehydrator (if those are even on your wish list ;) ).

  4. Delilah is so sweet-looking and she sounds like fun, although exhausting. ;-)

    The bowls of kale are beautiful, and I’m impressed by the number of raw (un)cookbooks you have. That’s quite a library (and you know I love libraries). Anyway, I hope the cleanse is off to a good start.

    • She is definitely fun and exhausting, lol! I’m still recovering!!

      Thanks! Haha yes you do love libraries so that is definitely a huge compliment ;) Thanks!!

    • Lol I know, she’s always driving! I tried to snap one for you :) I know you love her style and her hairstyles ;)

      Thanks! It’s been so busy here I barely have time for anything but I’m going to try to get a post together tomorrow.

  5. Organic produce can hurt the wallet- i always buy the “dirty dozen” organic but let it slide for foods you peel ( citrus or avocados etc)
    Do you read “”? She has some awesome meal ideas that are delicious and great recipes.
    The veg prep all at once is a lifesaver! I shop/wash/chop/cook sunday afternoons

    • I definitely go dirty dozen for produce. I am more lenient with avocados and thick skinned fruit (watermelon, pineapple, melons, etc.) but I try and go organic as much as possible. I just bought sprouted, raw organic almonds and OMG were they pricey. I do read Gena’s blog and have gotten some great ideas from her :)

      I’m definitely going to be prepping more in advance. It’s such a time saver!~

  6. Oh! Sarah! I keep forgetting to tell you, I had this magical juice last weekend that I think you might enjoy – it had no fruit in it! And it was probably hands-down the best juice I’ve ever had. It was some combination of kale, parsley, cucumber, celery, spinach and … coconut water. Using the coco water made it just a touch sweet and made the whole thing so magical…so I thought I would let you know about that. :) Good luck with raw!

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